The images in my work deal with collective memory, the passage of time, and a historical framework that can uniquely intermix printmaking, painting, photography, photo transfers and objects that transmit the patina of time.
I create art that asks questions.
Memories reside in photographic images; they authenticate and lend credibility to my artwork. During the past two years, my art has portrayed my own investigative journey as it moved through ideas of loss, identity, and the Holocaust. At times I feel as if the subject of my work leads me by the hand, pushing me to dig deeper and harder, layering my images with the stark political tragedy of its subject matter. It culminated in Memory Lingers, a multi-media exhibition consisting of prints, photographs, a life size artist book, a 5 panel paper quilt, and an installation of over one hundred steel chairs that hang compellingly from the ceiling, making their lifeless emptiness all the more emphatic. Research for each project is compelling both in its history of eyewitness accounts and in images of artists whose work touched upon my own vision, such as Christian Boltanski, Shimon Attie, Mauricio Lassansky and countless other artists working in print, installation, books and films, using catastrophes and the Holocaust for inspiration.
Included in all my art is always a reference to the figure. In my new body of work, I focused primarily on faces, using old family photographs or images from Holocaust archives as haunting reminders not only of Jews who were selected for mass genocide but also “the Other”, who were also victimized by the Nazis. My art raises political questions, challenging how memory is made and revised, who is the victim and who is the victimizer. It is also a reminder that the Spector of international genocide and inexplicable tragedies continue this day almost seventy years later. I am compelled to pursue this direction in my art, expanding its content and audience.